tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC March 23, 2017 9:00pm-10:01pm PDT
with a politician, then there's something wrong with you. we need a leader that wrote "the art of the deal." i do hundreds of deals, the deals come out of my ears. most of them are phenomenal deals. >> i want to make great deals for the people and i have the greatest negotiators in the world. everybody wants me to negotiate. that's what i'm known as as a negotiator. >> the test of those deal making skills will come tomorrow as the signature piece of legislation come to an up-or-duown vote. it has been a remarkable day a a remarkable night in the news. we have vermont senator bernie sanders joining us on what has been a landmark day in washington. today is the day that democrats decided to filibuster the supreme court nomination. today's the day when the republican congress was supposed to repeal obamacare and throw 24
million americans off their health insurance. that may yet happen but it won't happen tonight, that vote was scheduled for tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern. it didn't happen specifically because republicans could not get their own party to support it. they have got a big congressional majority. they had a big cushion. they could not get it done. the day after the election in november anyone would have told you this would have been a sure thing for them. that, you know, republicans might have some tough things on their agenda, some things where it might be hard to find unity and get it passed but at least they won't have trouble killing obamacare. at least that's a sure thing. that will happen right off the bat. remember they said it might happen on day one. they might have the repeal legislation signed and ready to go on day one of the trump presidency. well, it's not day one and tonight their effort seems to have collapsed. it's definitely not over. there's going to be a vote in the morning but what they are
going through tonight is remarkable and unexpected and it is a big political deal. vermont senator bernie sanders, among many other things, has really helped spearhead the democratic party's defense of obamacare, their defense of the affordable care act, and senator sanders is going to be here with us tonight in just a moment or two to talk about that. we will also talk with him about why he is joining the filibuster against neil gorsuch for the supreme court. we'll talk with him about whether the democrats really think they can block that nomination. so big day in the news today, really big. we are happy to have senator sanders here in just a couple of minutes. it's interesting, though, if you think about how we got to this moment. we've been saying from the start of the trump administration that the change brought about by the election of donald trump is a huge change. a really big shift in american politics. shift in what a lot of people
thought because possible. we have also seen the principles of physics at work and for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. and if you think about the start of the reaction, you think about the start of the organized resistance against this new administration and their agenda, first thing you think about, right, is the day after the inauguration, that massive women's -- look at the size of it. still shocking to this day. that massive women's march in d.c., one of the biggest marches in d.c. ever if not the biggest. also new york and chicago and freaking alaska, all over the country, all 50 states. this unexpectedly huge outpouring of people marching against the newly inaugurated president and what he said he wanted to do with his administration. but you know what? that wasn't actually day one. that wasn't actually the start. even if you're just talking about big rallies. go back to before the inauguration. he was inaugurated january 20.
go back to january 15. january 15 is when senator bernie sanders and other democratic leaders did dozens of rallies all across the country specifically on health care. specifically to save the affordable care act. they called those rallies on january 15 "our first stand." and it was really, really cold on january 15 and trump wasn't even sworn in yet but thousands of people showed up at those rallies to try to save the affordable care act, to start the organizing effort that it would take to try to save the affordable care act. everywhere from warren, michigan to los angeles, california, to the great state of maine to iowa. mid-january in iowa. this was a week before trump's inauguration. folks across the country already willing to get out there in the cold and put their own two feet behind their view that obamacare should be saved. that the republican plans to kill obamacare would at least meet resistance.
and you know since the inauguration there have been protests against a lot of things associated with the new administration. everything from the muslim ban to the russian interference in our election to everything in between but the save health care stuff started big, it started early, it's never gone away but, you know, it's been kind of the spine on which everything else has hung. the save our health care stuff started even before members of congress had any idea it was coming, let alone any sort of plan for how they'd respond and you saw that in the initial confrontations between members and their constituents and how those members reacted. >> reporter: all they wanted to do -- >> there were hundreds of people here. >> reporter: -- was go into the community room at the aurora public library to meet with congressman mike coffman. >> the representative didn't ha a pla they expected a small haful of people to show up. >> reporter: instead they came
this droves and while they were all singing and waiting police were putting up crime scene tape so coffman could leave. >> all your constituents are here. >> reporter: six minutes before the event was supposed to end. >> we were told at one point everyone would get their time and then he sneaks out six minutes early. i think he couldn't handle it. >> can't we fix the broken parts instead of throwing out everything and starting over? >> no one said that. >> it's going to cost -- >> you are saying that! >> why did you vote 60 times for-to-repeal it. >> i wasn't in for 60 of those votes. >> how many times did you vote to repeal it? >> a few. >> if you want to travel fast, go alone, if you want to travel far, go together. [ audience chanting "save our health care." ] >> so what i support is a repeal with the states taking over. >> how is that going to be a replacement?
you are expecting it to go away and then hopefully the states will try to put something together? >> not hopefully, no. >> that would be like a crash and burn. >> with what kind of funding? >> how do we hold the states accountable? >> members of congress, i think especially at the beginning, just didn't see it coming. it started early and it did not let up and the protests grew from small outbursts at unrelated eventso mo organized gatherings inside and outside congressional offices, there has been constituent lobbying by phone and by letter and by post-card and most especially in person and the in-person part has meant in addition to protests and unannounced visitors at their office, members of congress -- and it's hard to overstate the importance of this -- members of congress have been having for these last 70 days or so raw at times emotional exchanges with
their own constituents. personal intense moments that are hard to batch from the outside but imagine being on the receiving end of moments like this with your own constituents, people you know from our own district and it happening over and over and over again. >> i went to school with your kids, your wife was our school nurse. >> yeah, she still is. >> awesome. no longer my school nurse though. [ laughter ] >> you're more than 18. >> i am, yes. i have a brain tumor and a spinal condition. and when i was first diagnosed i was kicked off my insurance because pre-existing conditions. and saying "i support this" is not good enough. i need you as a human being to say i promise that we will not take this away from you.
>> i promise. i promise. >> i've got a husband dying and we can't afford -- let me tell you something, if you can get us better coverage than this, go for it. let me tell you what we have, plus a lot of benefits that we need. we have $29 per month for my husband. can you beat this? can you? >> ten years ago my wife had two open heart surgeries. she now lives with two artificial valves in her heart. she is on a great deal of medication and the aca helps us to get that medication. if you cancel the aca without putting a viable alternative in there on my fixed income, we will not be able to afford the medication she now takes and she will die.
her name is judy. j-u-d-y. same last name. if you vote to cancel the aca and you see her name in an obituary, shame on you. >> without the medication, i can't work and pay taxes and pay insurance premiums, i can't raise two children to be productive citizens. i can't do a thing. in fact, by now i would be dead. so i want to know from y, sir, if you will support the provisions of the affordable care act that protect people like me from being thrown into a lottery system such a high-risk pool. [ applause ] and will protect my children and my husband from going bankrupt
to keep me alive under circumstances that none of us chose. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you for your question. >> for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. in the universe, including our weird politics. a day after the election, nobody would have told you that republicans would have any trouble repealing obamacare. that's what they could do on their own, they'd push on an open door. the affordable care act, they'd been rehearsing repealing it for years. it would definitely be their first casualty, no problem. then they'd get on to the hard stuff. but people all over the country in every congressional district in the country changed the course of that otherwise inevitable history. they at least slowed it down. the republican plan to repeal the affordable care act has a 17% approval rating. that's worse than chris christie.
there is not a single congressional district in this country where people who like the republican idea who outnumber the people who hate the republican idea. not a single congressional district in the entire country. that happens for a reason. that political climate doesn't exist in nature, it is created by people engaged in political action. house republicans are planning to vote at 7:00 eastern to repeal obamacare. now they have pulled their bill despite the personal efforts of the president, despite the white house insisting that it had passed no problem, they apparently could not get it done. republicans say they will reschedule the vote for tomorrow morning, there's still every possibility it might pass -- tomorrow morning. but for the people who have been trying to save the affordable care act all over the country, even what just happened tonight is huge. everybody thought republicans would be able to move at will on
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>> they're scrambling to find a bill that they can pass on the floor. i don't know if you want to call this on trump's part a rookie's error, but you don't find a day and say we're going pass a bill. you build your consensus in your caucus and when you're ready you set the date to bring it to the floor. rookie's error, donald trump. you may be a great negotiator, rookie's error for bringing up on a day when clearly you're not ready. >> nancy pelosi earlier today twisting the knife.
say what you will about nancy pelosi, even her sworn political enemies will tell you that she knows how to count. she knows how to count votes and she knows how to hold democrats together. you haven't heard much, have you, about democrats planning on voting with the republicans to repeal obamaca. that's because there aren't any democrats planning to vote on this with republicans. republicans didn't try to get democrats to vote with them on this. they were sure they could do it all on their own. after all, they have a big republican majority in the house, right? this is their big idea. as of right now, republicans haven't taken the vote they said they would take on this tonight they say they la l vote tomorrow whether they have the votes or not. here was paul ryan just a few minutes ago. >> hi, everybody, for seven and a half years we have been promising the american people we will repeal and replace this broken law because it's collapsing and it's failing families and tomorrow we're proceeding.
>> reporter: do you have the votes? do you have the votes? >> that's the press conference equivalent of tweeting. he's like "i've only got 140 characters here, i'm out." you can hear reporters shouting "do you have the votes? do you have the votes?" passing legislation unilaterally through a chamber you control shouldn't be that hard. especially when we've been practicing it for seven straight years. it's harder than they thought. they said will only get harder from here on out. they do have at least a dozen republican senators who oppose the bill. if two of them vote no, this thing is in deep trouble. joining us is vermont senator bernie sanders. senator sanders, thank you for being with us tonight, nice to see you. >> good to see you. >> what is the status of
obamacare and if it gets to the house what happens to it? >> i don't understand why you bring it up to lose. they're going to have a different set of circumstances in the senate and our job is to do everything that we can to explain to the american people in kentucky, in west virginia, in arizona, in nevada, and all of these so-called red states what a disaster this plan would be to their lives. to explain to them that donald trump and many of them voted for trump lied to them when he said he was going to protect the interests of working people. you don't throw 24 million people off of health insurance, you don't tell seniors their premiums are going to soar, you
don't cut medicaid which not only will impact low income people but it will impact middle income people whose parents are in nursing homes. you don't cut medicaid by almost $900 billion and by the way in the midst of all of that give $300 billion in tax breaks to the top 2% and more tax breaks to the drug companies and the insurance companies. so our job right now -- and you're seeing this all over the country, some of the clips you presented indicate this -- people are catching on and they are telling their republican representatives do not sell us out. do not let my mother die because she can't afford health care under your plan. and our job is to accelerate that effort, to get people to stand up and fight back in a way this we have not seen in the modern history of this country because, rachel if they get away with this they'll keep on coming
and it will be social security next, it will be the veterans administration after that, etc., etc. is to tell the billionaire class they won't kill thousands of people with a proposal like this. >> senator, your whole orientation towards politics is to bring washington basically before the american people to make the concerns of the country resonate in washington in a way they don't go through normal and political power channels. you've been a real organizer around these things and i feel like i'm watching two eventualities that you would have hoped and prayed for whether or not you expected them. we've got 17% approval rating nationwide for this bill that you just described in such devastating terms. we have seen unprecedented activism not just against the
administration broadly but in favor of saving the affordable care act in not just every state in the country but every congressional district in the country, sustained, intense, human activism on this stuff. and yet it may pass the house tomorrow. what are we learning about this process, seeing the about how that translates to washington and how that concern and passion is in political outcomes in d.c. >> rachel, what we are seeing is that when the american people begin to move, republicans historically had theirown meetings and 30 or 50 of their friends would show up and talk about cutting the deficit and cutting social security and medicare and everybody would applaud. but now you're seeing people coming and saying, as you've heard on one of your clips, if you do this, my wife is going to die and i'm not going to let you do that and you're seeing members of congress, republicans, having to sneak out
the back door or claim i'm worried about my safety, i can't even hold a town meeting. that's our goal. i want to give you one example. i want you to think about this. you have a state like kentucky. a poor state, a struggling state it has been one of the major beneficiaries along with west virginia of the affordable care act. and let's be clear, the affordable care act has significant problems. i believe in a medicare for all singer player program. but you have west virginia and kentucky. the rate of uninsured people has gone way, way down. far fewer people are now uninsured and you have, say, in kentucky mitch mcconnell advocating and leading the effort to end the affordable care act. the question is, how does he think he could get away with in his own state throwing hundreds of thousands of people off health insurance? and the reason he thinks he can get away with that -- and likely can get away with it -- is there
is no opposition. democratic party is feeble, unle to fight back. so our job not just on health care but in a broad sense is to bring the american people together, to bring the working people of this country together and say you know what, mitch? you're not going to give tax breaks to billionaires and throw my wife or my kids off of health insurance. we can do it. but we need a political revolution in this country, we need to have the guts to go into kentucky and west virginia and arizona and alaska and maine and nevada and start bringing those people together. if we do that, we cannot only defeat this republican proposal, i believe we can move toward a medicare for all single payer system, i believe we can have progressive taxation demanding trump and his billionaire friends start paying their fair share of taxes, raise the minimum wage to a living wage, et cetera, et cetera. this is a pivotal moment in american history. either these guys get away with what they're doing and decimate
our people or else we stand up, fight back, and transform the american society. >> senator bernie sanders of vermont. senator, there's another fight in washington that has landed on your doorstep, the nomination of a supreme court nominee from this president. i know that -- i understand democrats sort of planning a new stage of that fight. would you mind sticking around for one more question on that subject, sir? >> sure. all right, senator bernie sanders will be back with us to respond to this news that the democrats intend to cross a rubicon and filibuster supreme court nomination from president trump. senator bernie sanders back with us right after this. stay with us. various: (shouting) heigh! ho! ( ♪ ) it's off to work we go! woman: on the gulf coast, new exxonmobil projects are expected to create over 45,000 jobs. and each job created by the energy industry supports two others in the community. altogether, the industry supports over 9 million jobs nationwide.
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you can bet if the shoe were on the other foot and the democratic president was under investigation by the fbi the republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a supreme court seat in such circumstances. >> joining us now once again is vermont senator bernie sanders. senator sanders, thank you very much for sticking with us. do you support the filibuster effort against judge gorsuch and how do you think this fight is going to end in terms of his nomination? >> well, i do support the filibuster. i had the opportunity to sit down with judge gorsuch in my office a couple weeks ago. and the issues that concerned me of many are the issue of citizens united and whether or not he believes in a general sense, he's not going to rule on
a particular case, in a general sense whether billionaires have the unlimited freedom to buy elections. he didn't give me a satisfactory answer. i asked him about voter suppression. i worried all over this country we have republican governors working overtime in the name of fighting voter fraud which does not exist making it harder for poor people, people of color, older people, young people to vote. i asked him his views on that, not a satisfactory answer. i asked about a woman's right to choose and privacy rights, not a satisfactory answer. as everybody knows the supreme court is 4-4. he would be if appointed make it a 5-4 conservative majority and i will do everything i can to see that does not happen. >> senator bernie sanders of vermont, thank you for talking to us. i know it's a nuts time in washington and appreciate you taking time out the be with us. >> thank you, rachel. take care. much more to come on this
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before the terrorist attack on the british parliament yesterday, what was supposed to be the all encompassing huge news in britain was actually uk starting to pull out of the european union. british voters shocked the world last summer and they previewed the shock that the world would feel in november after our elections when the uk voted to take themselves out of the european union, the brexit vote. britain is such a cornerstone of europe that their departure from the eu may very well be the start of the disillusion of europe as any kind of intact political entity. that would be a radical change to that part of the world, on the order of, you know, the end of world war ii and the fall of the soviet union. so it is a huge deal that britain is going to start the process of leaving the eu this week. they are about to trigger their
eu exit, huge deal. it's still a shock even though we've had since last summer to get used to it. it's still a shock in part, i think because until very recently the european union was not just not collapsing, it was expanding at its edges. this is the european union. on t right side of your screen overhere to the east, that huge country, that's russia. definitely not part of the european union. under vladimir putin quite hostile to it and to every other western alliance that putin sees as a threat. but as recently as 2013, not long ago, that little country right there, right in between the european union and russia, that country, ukraine, was maybe not thinking about marrying the european union but they at least wanted to go on a few dates. in 2013 ukraine was engaged in talks for a deal with the european union that would start with easier trade, would eventually lead to easier travel. it was a negotiated arrangement to basically bring ukraine much
closer to the eu. it would be a big economic deal for ukraine, it was popular in ukraine, talks were steaming ahead. but then the leader of ukraine, president yanukovych, he bailed. he was a pro-putin leader propped up by putin and by russia and putin didn't want ukraine getting cozy with the european union and so he gave his orders and yanukovych said yesterday and pulled out of that deal. people poured on the street by the thousands, then tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands protesting against yanukovych, protesting against russia controlling their country's fate. it started in november, it went on for months, by february it had turned deadly. they turned live fire on the protests, dozens of people were killed and yanukovych fled to russia.
when he fled he left the gates of his otherwise basical secret presidential palace unlocked and ukrainians were able to stream in to see what he'd been doing with their money he'd been stealing, up to and including his gold toilets and car museum and his replica spanish galleon that he used as a private restaurant and all the rest. among the documents he and his political party left behind were the documents that allegedly show his off-the-books cash payments to his political guru, the political consultant who ran things for him and his party, a man named paul manafort who went on to run the donald trump for president campaign. an off-the-books ledger described cash payments, $12.7 million. paul manafort denies he got any of that money but when those massive protests pushed yanukovych out of power, sent him running to moscow russia was not in a mood to acknowledge
defeat. after all, they had stopped ukraine from going forward with that deal with the european union and sure they had lost their man in the presidential palace but they that just meant putin needed another way to show ukraine who's boss and so russia took part of ukraine for itself. ukraine axed the deal with the eu in late november, 2013, the protests went november, december, january, february. by february the protesters had won and changed yanukovych out of office. that same week they chased him back to moscow russia invaded. russia sent its troops to the part of ukraine that's called crimea. by march russia had not just invaded, they had taken over. they just took it. they took part of another country. and here's an interesting totalitarian part of that. russia likes to appear as if it is a constitutional democracy. on paper it is. there's not just authoritarian leader vladimir putin now in the
17th year of his reign. there is technically a russian parliament, the duma. the putin used to behave like a parliament but now it does whatever putin wants. and putin does go through the moments, it's like a pageant. so part of him invading and seizing ukraine and saying it's part of russia now, part of that process is he had a russian parliament hold a vote on that. march 20, 2014, they held a vote and surprise the russian parliament voted overwhelmingly to say yes to putin, yes, president putin, yes, take it, take that part of ukraine, annex it, call it russia now. but check this out, look at the vote count. the vote was 443 in favor to 1 against. one. one member of parliament looked at putin, looked at the 443 other members of parliament all voting sir, yes, sir and he voted no.
his name is ilia ponamoryev. he voted against the big anti-gay bill in russia before that. the thing i'm happy to tell you about ilia ponomarev is he's alive. but he can't be in russia anymore. a few months after that one vote he was traveling in the united states and found that his bank accounts and all of his assets at home had been frozen. taken by the state. then they stripped him of his parliamentary immunity in absentia, then they impeached him in absentia, he's never been back. they hung a huge freaking banner on a building in downtown moscow denouncing him as a national traitor. this was an elected member of parliament. he has never been back to russia. he now lives in exile, he lives
in ukraine. this morning, ilya ponomarev was on his way to a meeting, he was going to meet another former russian member of parliament who has just been denounced as a traitor to russia, who has just been threatened with criminal fraud charges, ilya ponomarev, the lone vote against russia taking crimea, he was due to meet this morning in kiev with denis voronenkov. and on his way to that meeting, denis voronenkov got murdered in the street. here's the "new york times" description of what happened. "for a contract murder, a common occurrence in former soviet countries usually executed with precision, for a contract murder this killing in kiev was unusually bloody and chaotic. the assassin opened fire with what police said was a tt pistol, a soviet era design and mr. voronenkov's bodyguard fired back. the two fired at least 20 shots a few yards apart, leaving blood
and shell casings scattered around the sidewalk. the bodyguard was shot in the chest, the assassin was captured after sustaining a head wound but he died. and mr. voronenkov was shot four times and died at the scene. hours later the body of mr. voronenkov, his tan dress shoes still protruing from a black tarp, hours later his body remained on the spot as police investigated." we don't yet know anything about the character of this assassination. denis voronenkov until very recently was nobody's idea of a he was not an opposition figure until recently. he and his wife were members of parliament. his wife was in putin's party. they had been accused of the same garden-variety corruption and inexplicable wealth on government salaries that's a hallmark of the putin diatorship but something soured for denis voronenkov and
his wife very recently. they fled russia, they said they were fleeing in fear for their lives only in october. they renounced their russian citizenship, voronenkov got ukrainian citizenship in november, he has been denouncing russian corruption, taking back his own vote for the annexation of crimea. he spoke with radio free europe last month, he spoke with the "washington post" on tuesday. he had recently testified in a major criminal case against the pro-putin dictator yanukovych. he said he'd be happy to do so again. the most recent interview with him, the most recent interview with voronenkov posted online at 10:00 a.m. this morning local time. by 11:30 this morning local time he was shot dead in the street. again, denis voronenkov was not some life long dissident and opposition figure. some of these pictures are intense, i know. but he was a -- he was a kremlin
insider, basically. he was happy to be part of vladimir putin's rubber stamp parliament. he was close to power. he was a favored member of the russian elite in pro-putin circles. he was apparently involved in, a beneficiary of the corruption that involved putin that helped him keep his power all these years. but something curdled and he flipped on them and they came after him and he went into exile. he was planning to start a non-government organization focusing on corruption. no he was not just a regular dissident. he was a guy who had been very recently on the inside. he was in a position to know what he was talking about in that regard, including giving legal testimony which he'd already done and planned to do more. but he won't be able to do that now. his assassination today ends all of that. his assassination today comes two days after another russian figure who was due to testify in u.s. federal court in may in a case run out of the office of preet bharara, the u.s. attorney fired by the trump
administration after initially being told he could stay on, a russian lawyer due to testify in that u.s. case, a russian money laundering and fraud case, that lawyer took flight out of a fourth floor window at his moscow apartment on tuesday. he he's the family lawyer of sergei magnitsky who was murdered in russia in prison in 2009 after exposing a quarter billion dollar fraud case involving russian officials. that quarter billion dollar fraud and the trail left behind by that money, investigators are still following that trail but who knows if the man will be able to testify after all in any of those cases after his mysterious fall from that apartment block on the fourth floor this week. we have an interview tonight with a key player in that case as he fights for his life in a russian hospital. so this is the split screen we have to have. the investigation into putin's attack on the election and the possible of the trump campaign
in that attack, that investigation may be starting to fall apart in the house of representatives because of the republican leadership of the intelligence committee there, congressman devin nunes reportedly apologized to his committee for his behavior which has seriously called into question whether somebody like him, a member of the trump campaign and trump transition can lead that investigation. the fbi investigation continues, of course, cnn now reporting that fbi investigators are focusing increasingly on the evidence they have found about trump campaign collusion with the russians. the top democraticember of the intelligence committee in the house says there is "more than circumstantial evidence" of the trump campaign collaborating in the russian attack on our elections last year. and all of this stuff in our own politics, in our own government, this is fascinating to watch unfold. the a.p. is reporting today that in addition to reportedly being a focus of the fbi's investigation into russian
collusion, paul manafort is the target about his ties to an international money laundering scheme. the a.p. says today it's the same financial crimes unit that tracked down and shut down the financing of al qaeda after 9/11 that's now investigating the money trail left all over the world by paul manafort. it was just reporting that paul manafort's business partner with whom he was engaged in many of his ukraine contracts tonight manafort's business partner rick gates has been ousted from a group called america first priorities which is a super pac type group set up by the trump administration to advocate for trump policies outside the white house. rick gates has been pushed out of that outfit as of tonight because of his ties to paul manafort as the former trump campaign chairman reportedly becomes a red hot focus of multiple russia-trump investigations. this is a fascinating scandal in our own politics and there's new stuff uncovered in our own news every single day but this is not
just an american story anymore this is a foreign attack. this is a global thing we're in and so thiis a split screen scandal and on our side of the screen, yes, it's about whether or not the presidency is the collaborative product of a hostile foreign power and their confederates inside our country who are now inside of the white house but on the other side of the screen it is murder in the street. over and over and over again putin's enemies murdered in the street. as the news of the assassination of this latest putin critic was breaking today in russia moscow police put out a public warning about an opposition rally planned for sunday in moscow. the moscow police put out this notice threatening today that that rally is illegal, threatening anybody who might still dare show up for it, "your personal safety might be under t come to that opposition rally. that's the warning from the police.
don't show up, you'll get hurt, we promise. there is a -- you know, a supreme court nominee on the bubble. there is the biggest health care policy in generations teetering tonight. there is a new protest in this country that is changing the whole ground truth of political dynamics in america. but at the other end of the biggest political scandal we've got, that is as yet unresolved for us, it really is murder, over and over and over again, it's murder. we are dealing with something very, very, very dark. stay with us.
a man named bill browder once ran one of the equity firms investing in russia. he's no longer doing that because he made too much noise about russian government corruption. they deported him. even after he was deported, he kept fighting and investigating russian corruption, even the corruption that targeted him there. he did that through his lawyer. for his work in incovering a huge embezzlement scheme, he was thrown in prison without charges. after being beaten and tortured, he died in prison in 2009. he was 37 years old. his death became a rallying cry including in this country three years after his killing. president obama signed into law an act with targets specific russian officials who were
involved in that crime and the fraud behind it. that was largely thanks to the activism of bill browder, along with russian opposition leaders including boris nemsov. you know those names because boris nemsov was shot to death outside the kremlin. vladimir kara-murza was poisoned to death. it's a dangerous business, being an opponent of vladimir putin's. the man who plummeted from his apartment building on tuesday, he's the lawyer from the family who are still seeking justice for his death. he was due in court the very next day after he was thrown or fell out of that fourth floor window. he was due in court to represent the family. he was also due to testify in may in new york. in a russian money laundering case brought in federal court by preet bharara's office.
right now he's in the hospital with serious injuries. joining us with bill browder, the author of "red notice." mr. browder, i know you have stayed up to aerrible hour of the night to be with us from britain, thanks for joining us. >> good to be here. >> let me just ask you the basics of if you know how mr. gorakov, how he is. a fourth floor window is not a good place to start. it's remarkable to me that he survived this fall. >> it's truly remarkable. so when we got the news that he fell down four stories, he's a 53-year-old man, i assumed the absolute worst two nights ago. and the next day, sort of about 24 hours later, i got the news that he is in serious condition, but no longer critical condition. nikolai has survived the fall.
he's got all of his mental facilities. he's not paralyzed. he's got a few broken bones. it looks like this man went down four stories and survived, which is just a miracle. >> do you have any greater understanding about the circumstances under which this happened? obviously there have been conflicting claims. russian state supported media are saying this is all an accident, it's all a big misunderstanding. there is definitely no funny business here. can you shed any light on those details? >> well, i don't think it's an accident. as you mentioned, he was due to give evidence the next day on a massive conspiracy between russian organized crime and russian police to cover up the details of the magnitsky case. people don't just fall out of their apartments on the fourth floor by accident. and what was even more suspicious is that one of the tv stations, life.ru, connected to
the russian security services, was their suspiciously close after he fell, almost as if they must have known something was going to happen. and so we view this very suspiciously, very skeptically. i can only say i'm deeply relieved that he survived whatever this attempt was, because it was just unbelievable, a guy falling down four stories and surviving. >> obviously there's a question about whether or not the cases, the ones he was due to testify in in russia, the federal court case in new york, the other investigations surrounding this case, whether they proceed and whether they're harmed by witnesses apparently being targeted here. i have to ask you just personally, with your activism and the way you have spoken out on this issue and the way you have advocated so aggressively on this subject for these years now, are you worried about being targeted? >> very, very much so. i am targeted. i've been threatened on an a number of occasions by the
russian government, by agents of the russian government. i've received threats directly, indirectly. they're coming after me. but i have a duty to circumstance guy magnitsky. my lawyer was murdered several years ago to get justice for him. it's my duty to go after the people who killed him. >> bill browder, the author of "red notice: a true story of high finance, murder, and one man's fight for justice." i know it is nigh on 2:00 a.m. in the morning in london, thank you for staying so late with us into the evening, i appreciate it. >> thank you. that does it for us tonight. i will tell you the thing you've got to watch for in tomorrow's news, as far as we know, they are planning that health care vote for sometime in the 8:00 a.m. eastern hour. this is health care repeal obamacare vote that was due to happen tonight. as of now it does seem like it is a very fluid situation.
the headline is that it didn't happen tonight when they thought it would, but expect it to happen early morning before you're having breakfast, if you're still up right now in terms of their second bite at that apple. we'll see you tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern. now time for is in the last word with lawrence o'donnell." >> hey, rachel, i watched that video on your show, people at town halls making their personal cases to their members of congress about health care. and your point about how it changed. it changed what was happening in this legislation. >> i mean, the fact that it wasn't confined to individual protests, it wasn't confined to blue states, it wasn't confined to democratic party events. it was real grassroots in every congressional district in the country and every congress person felt it left, right, and center, an inescapable truth about the politics of this issue. >> i might have seen snippets of some of that, but it felt like i was seeing it for the first